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1999

UNITED DEMOCRATIC MOVEMENT

MEDIA RELEASE

CONCERNING THE UNACCEPTABLE COST OF FUEL

STATEMENT ISSUED BY ROELF MEYER as UDM DEPUTY PRESIDENT

The UDM challenges government to cut the fuel price by 30 cents per litre.  The current cost of fuel is placing an enormous burden on the budgets of people who are already struggling to make ends meet in a spiralling economy.  The increased fuel cost is most affecting those who can afford it the least.  In our election manifesto, the UDM clearly states that when in government, we will abolish the tax on fuel immediately.  The loss in state income will be recovered through an enhanced low ad-valorum rate of 0.05% levy on all banking transactions.

The UDM extends its sympathy and support to the taxi associations and commuters of South Africa.  The recent price hike clearly indicates how out of touch the ANC government is with the needs of the people.  Because of the zoning and housing plans of the apartheid era, many South Africans must travel considerable distances for employment.  Ironically, the ANC government, which so often blames its inability to improve the country’s economy on its predecessors, is now perpetuating the legacy of apartheid through the tax on fuel.

Enquiry: 
Mr Roelf Meyer
UDM Deputy President

or

Ms Annelizé van Wyk
Acting National Secretary

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